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15 Days Kenya Birding Photographic Safari

15 Days Kenya Birding Photographic Safari tours was designed to offer you the best of bird watching in Kenya while ensuring you have a relaxing Kenya Bird watching safaris holiday. 15 Days Kenya Birding Photographic Safari is perfectly organized and well thought-out Safaris. 15 Days Kenya Birding Photographic Safari produces a huge bird and mammal list with a number of wonderful locations. There are over 1,000 different bird species in Kenya. Prime birding locations are in the national parks.

Kenya Bird watching safaris will give you a great opportunity to explore a region part of Kenya that is neglected yet is an ornithological paradise that hosts some endemic birds among other birds. This 15 Days Kenya Birding Photographic Safari has been designed specifically for the Bird Photographer in mind. 15 Days Kenya Birding Photographic Safari Itinerary includes four of Kenya’s most famous and photographically productive bird reserves —Samburu, Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru and the Maasai Mara.

Late November and early December are fantastic months in Kenya as the reserves are quieter with fewer tourists. It is also the season when a lot of migrant birds return to Kenya so the already impressive local bird count is boosted even further. Kenya’s bird count is over 1000 species. The aim of this 15 Days Kenya Birding Photographic Safari, is to gather an impressive collection of photographs that show the diversity of Kenya’s Birdlife. All four locations on the safari will offer fantastic opportunities in very different habitats, and therefore an excellent variety of species. This photo safari will be led by my good friend and excellent bird guide and photographer.

Service Summary
15 Days Kenya Birding Photographic Safari
Service Type
15 Days Kenya Birding Photographic Safari
Provider Name
Claudious Tours,
Nairobi,Kenya,Africa-00100,
Telephone No.+254714729600
Area
Samburu, Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru and the Maasai Mara
Description
15 Days Kenya Birding Photographic Safari tours was designed to offer you the best of bird watching in Kenya while ensuring you have a relaxing Kenya Bird watching safaris holiday.

15 Days Kenya Birding Photographic Safari

The safari begins in Nairobi with a 1-night stopover. You will then head north by road, crossing the equator and pass Mount Kenya on your way to the "jewel of the arid north"—Samburu Reserve. The reserve is home to a number of special species that you will see only in Samburu. These include the Golden Breasted Starling, Vulturine Guineafowl, Somali Ostrich, White Headed Mousebird, D'Arnauds Barbet, Somali Bee-eater, Golden Pipit and the Rosy Patched Bushshrike. It is also a great destination for mammals which you will also take time to photograph. These include the Grevy's Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Beisa Oryx, and the long-necked Gerenuk. Elephant are abundant, and Lion and Leopard are often seen along the banks of the magnificent Ewaso Nyiro River, which rises far to the west in the foothills of the Aberdare Mountains. You spend 4 nights at Samburu.

You continue by road to Lake Bogoria. Established in 1973, Lake Bogoria National Reserve is an alkaline Lake and supports big numbers of Lesser Flamingos as well as a good number of common waterbirds such as Herons, Grebes, Lapwings and the enormous Marabou Stork.   Enjoy two nights at Lake Bogoria with early morning and afternoon photography visits to the Lake.

You continue by road to Lake Nakuru. Established in 1961, Lake Nakuru National Park offers a wide variety of both mammal and waterbird species, notably White and Black Rhino & Rothschild Giraffe. Flamingo numbers are down at Lake Nakuru due to a rise in the water level, but it is still a fantastic place to pick up many other bird species. Other common waterbirds include Pelicans, Cormorants, Grebes, Ducks, Stilts and Herons. Your 2-night stay at Lake Nakuru will offer a variety of photo opportunities. You spend 2 nights at Lake Nakuru.

Your final road trip of the safari takes you past Lake Naivasha and Narok and into the Great Rift Valley. You will reach your destination, the famous Maasai Mara Reserve, in time for a late lunch. Stay for 5 nights in the middle of the reserve which conveniently allows you to explore the many streams, rivers, grasslands and thickets in the reserve where you will find an abundance of birds and mammals.

This safari offers an incredible diversity of birds, mammals, reptiles, landscapes, great weather, quiet reserves, and a true feeling of adventure. Most famous for its excellent Lion and Cheetah photography, the Masai Mara Reserve has an amazing abundance of birdlife. You will be on the lookout for Vultures (5 species),Tawny, Bateleur, Fish and Snake Eagles, Saddlebilled Storks, Grey Crowned Cranes, Lilac Breasted Rollers, Ox-peckers, Mousebirds, Bushshrikes and more, the list of over 500 is very impressive and is one of the best locations to photograph birds in the world.

After a final morning game drive you will depart by plane back to Nairobi. A day room awaits you in a Nairobi hotel so that you can freshen up before your international flight departs in the evening. This is an exclusive small-group photo safari with a maximum of 3 participants in 1 private safari vehicle. Each participant will have access to BOTH sides of the safari vehicle as well as through the open roof. You will have plenty of space for equipment. The focus of the tour is on the Birds of Kenya and you will spend most of your time trying to improve on exisiting shots and capture new species of birds. There will also be time to photograph the mammals, but the priority will be to photograph the birds.

Itineraries

Day 1

Arrive in Nairobi Kenya at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Arrive in Nairobi Kenya at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where you will be met and transferred to a Nairobi Hotel for an overnight stay (1 night)

Day 2

Nairobi - Samburu Reserve

Depart after breakfast. Drive North towards Samburu Reserve arriving in time for a late lunch and your first afternoon game drive (overnight in Samburu for 4 nights)more than 390 bird species recorded in Samburu and Buffalo Springs national reserves. The reserves protect a variety of habitats, home to different bird species including arid acacia savannah, scrub and gallery forest alongside the Uaso Nyiro River. The dry, open country offers very rewarding birding opportunities and boasts a number of northeast African dry-country species shared with Ethiopia and Somalia, such as vulturine guineafowl, Somali bee-eater and golden-breasted starling.Best Time for Bird WatchingSamburu is a bird watcher’s delight all year. Many unusual, dry-country specials reside here and can be spotted year-round. Migratory birds arrive into the reserve from November to April. One important consideration is the weather, as heavy showers can mess up your birding plans – November and April receive the most rainfall.

Day 3

Samburu Reserve

Morning & Afternoon game drives in Samburu. Bird lovers in search of an unforgettable adventure will find Buffalo Springs National Reserve in Isiolo probably the best place to be.The park is home to more than 360 species of African and exotic birds. The reserve is home to hornbills, weavers, plovers and spur fowls, which come from northern Tanzania. They easily adapt to northern Kenya’s climate.

Day 4

Samburu Reserve

Morning & Afternoon game drives in Samburu

Day 5

Samburu Reserve

Morning & Afternoon game drives in Samburu

Day 6

Samburu - Lake Nakuru

Leaving early, on this day we shall drive to Lake Nakuru National Park; with a possible quick stop for a site where Cape Eagle-Owls roost. We shall arrive in Nakuru, around mid-day where we shall spend the entire afternoon birding in the park.This park is famed as the birdwatchers’ paradise, and indeed was the first national park in Africa to be set up with an avian conservation objective. This is indeed one of the highlight locations on our Kenya Birding Tour. Up to a million flamingos have been recorded in this park depending on their regional migration. Most of these are Lesser Flamingos with Greater Flamingos making a smaller population. Other birds will be seen including some special species for this area and Palearctic water migrants being abundant in the right season. The park is also a great sanctuary for rhinos; without forgetting other three members of the Big Five, and these may be encountered as we move around the park. Other mammals will be seen, especially herds of grazing herbivores; and the Rothschild’s Giraffe. We shall spend the night in Nakuru.

Day 7

LAKE NAKURU TO LAKE BARINGO

On this day, we shall start with more birding in Nakuru. We shall spend the better part of the morning adding any species we may have missed the previous day. In the later afternoon, we shall head for Lake Baringo, as we bird along the way. If time allows, we shall stop briefly at a roadside dam near the lake, to check for some waterfowl. Night in Baringo.

Day 8

LAKE BARINGO

On this day, we shall enjoy birding in the Baringo area. We shall drive and walk around the scrubland and the cliffs surrounding the lake, in search of birds in this unique area. A boat ride experience will also help you enjoy the beauty of the lake and see the local African Fish Eagles advertising their territories. Night in Baringo.

Day 9

Lake Baringo - LAKE NAIVASHA

We shall leave early and drive straight to Naivasha. In Naivasha, we shall sample local birding spots. We shall keep an eye for more savannah and bushland birds. We shall also get to the lake shore, at our best-selected beach points, where many shorebirds will be seen. A boat ride on Lake Naivasha, will ensure you can reach more species in the middle of the lake, as you enjoy the aquatic beauty. Night in Naivasha.

Day 10

lake Naivasha - Masai Mara

Depart lake Naivasha after breakfast and travel by road towards the Maasai Mara Reserve arriving in time for a late lunch and your first afternoon game drive in the Masai Mara (overnight inside the Masai Mara Reserve for 5 nights)

Day 11

Masai Mara

Morning & Afternoon game drives in Masai Mara. The Mara Game Reserve has varied habits, including open rolling grasslands, river line forests, acacia woodlands, swamps, escarpments, etc. These contribute to its exceedingly diverse wildlife. It is know for its huge concentrations of herbivores and attendant predators. More than 500 bird species are known to occur here, including raptor 53 raptor species such as Southern Ground Hornbill, Long-toed Plover Lizard Buzzard, Secretary Bird, Shelley’s Francolin, Red-necked Spur fowl, Madagascar Squacco Heron, Rofous-bellied Heron Spotted Thicknee, Red-throated Spurfowl, Magpie Shrike, Black Coucal, Little Greenbul, Yellow-bellied Hyliota, Athi Short-toed Lark, Karamoja Apalis, Zitting and Rock-loving Cisticola

Day 12

Masai Mara

Morning & Afternoon game drives in Masai Mara

Day 13

Masai Mara

Morning & Afternoon game drives in Masai Mara

Day 14

Masai Mara

Morning & Afternoon game drives in Masai Mara

Day 15

Masai Mara - Nairobi

Morning game drives en-route to Nairobi arriving midday in Nairobi - check into your day room then have lunch. Afternoon at leisure before being collected and transferred to Jomo Kenyatta Airport to connect to your international flights home

15 Days Kenya Birding Photographic Safari Includes

– All Airport transfers to/from Hotel
– Transport throughout your safari in our Toyota Hiace 4WD fitted with VHF radio call
– Full board accommodation while on safari to respective lodges and Hotels
– Bed and breakfast basis at Nairobi Safaris Club Hotel
– All park entrance fees
– Experienced driver guide
– Experienced birding guide
– One boat ride at L.Naivasha
– Complimentary soft drinks and mineral water while on safari
– Complimentary dinner at Carnivore Restaurant on your last day of your safari

Service Summary
15 Days Kenya Birding Photographic Safari
Service Type
15 Days Kenya Birding Photographic Safari
Provider Name
Claudious Tours,
Nairobi,Kenya,Africa-00100,
Telephone No.+254714729600
Area
Samburu, Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru and the Maasai Mara
Description
15 Days Kenya Birding Photographic Safari tours was designed to offer you the best of bird watching in Kenya while ensuring you have a relaxing Kenya Bird watching safaris holiday.
15 Days Kenya Birding Photographic Safari Excludes

International Airfare
A visit to a Masai Village
Accommodations in Nairobi
Cost of obtaining passport and visas
Gratuity for your professional driver guide, Porterage/ waiters at hotels
Sundowner bush cocktails and bush dinner
Membership in Flying Doctors Society – Emergency air rescue
Optional Hot Air Ballooning (cost per person is 470 US Dollars), Nature walks etc
Personal expenses such traveling insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, laundry, emails, faxes and phone calls beverages including luxury champagne, luxury spirits, beer, wines during meals or meals not indicated in the itinerary

Service Summary
15 Days Kenya Birding Photographic Safari
Service Type
15 Days Kenya Birding Photographic Safari
Provider Name
Claudious Tours,
Nairobi,Kenya,Africa-00100,
Telephone No.+254714729600
Area
Samburu, Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru and the Maasai Mara
Description
15 Days Kenya Birding Photographic Safari tours was designed to offer you the best of bird watching in Kenya while ensuring you have a relaxing Kenya Bird watching safaris holiday.

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Service Summary
15 Days Kenya Birding Photographic Safari
Service Type
15 Days Kenya Birding Photographic Safari
Provider Name
Claudious Tours,
Nairobi,Kenya,Africa-00100,
Telephone No.+254714729600
Area
Samburu, Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru and the Maasai Mara
Description
15 Days Kenya Birding Photographic Safari tours was designed to offer you the best of bird watching in Kenya while ensuring you have a relaxing Kenya Bird watching safaris holiday.
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A1: Practically all our safaris are customized to individual groups according to bookings making them individual group safaris however there are instances when one wishes to join a group; in those cases we can make such an arrangement for our client depending on seat availability and date of travel. For those joining groups we would normally suggest the 3 Days Masai Mara Safari, 4 days Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru Tour, 2 Days and 3 Days Tsavo Tour and overnight trips to Mount Kenya as these are popular trips that run every other day.

A2: On off-road trips we use 4x4 wheel drive vehicles depending on the size of the group and tour cost. For one or two individuals we use smaller SUVs unless clients specifically require larger vehicles like those who are on photographic or birding tours where we use the larger Toyota Land cruiser or the Land Rover. All the vehicles for game viewing have pop-up roofs to facilitate better game sighting, viewing and photography. Clients on a “shoe-string budget” might get a better deal when we provide them with minibuses that seat eight with open hatches for better game viewing.

A3: Safaris can be undertaken in East Africa throughout the year with the best seasons being during the warmer seasons when the sun is at the equator mainly between December to February and July to September. The other months are cooler with tropical storms sometimes ruining the game viewing, mountain climbing or beach holidays. The prices at these low hotel occupancy seasons however results in bargains for the traveler as we are able to offer rates that are lower to compensate for the reduced hotel prices.

A4: January, February, August and September (Peak Mountain Climbing Season)
The three months are good for mountain hiking, the period is just after the short rain season, the skies are clear and the views from the mountains are fantastic.

March to July (Low Season for Mountain Climbing)
This is the long rainy season, you can still hike but remember to be dressed for the weather and please be concerned about your safety as the paths are slippery during this period. There is not much to see except the challenge that is posed by the wet climb. Tropical rain comes in bursts and lasts a few hours, mostly in the mornings and afternoons. The rains freshen up the nature and often enhance the trekking experience. Note that hiking is not closed durring the wet season and that there are fewer people climbing these three East African Mountains; namely Mt Kenya, Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Rwenzori.

November and December (Shoulder Mountain Climbing Season)
This is the short rainy season in East Africa but with the climate change that is being experienced you just might be lucky to find the mountains dry. The rains during this period are experienced at short intervals with one or two days going without rain.

A5: During the long rains and short rains their are fewer visitors and so the prices come tumbling down. This is the best time to travel for the the bargainer. Hotel prices are down and tour operators offer competitive prices. This period is between March and June covering the long rains period and between October and November during the short rains. The downside on Wildlife Safaris is that it is harder to spot the animals because of the long grass and the continual rains plus it is easier to get stuck while on game drives. The up-side is that there are fewer crowds and so you have the wilderness all to yourself.

Kenya enjoys a mild tropical climate. The average annual temperature for the capital city, Nairobi (altitude 4,980 feet) is 77ºF maximum and 56ºF minimum. The coastal town of Mombasa (altitude 50 feet) is 86ºF maximum and 73ºF minimum. There is plenty of sunshine all the year round and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. However, it is usually cool at night and early in the morning. The long rains occur from April to June and short rains from October to December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and when it does come it often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The hottest period is from February to March and coolest in July to August.

A7: Yes, visitors require a visa to enter Kenya. For details, please consult the Kenyan Embassy or Consulate nearest to you or alternatively apply for a visa online by logging onto: http://www.evisa.go.ke/evisa.html

A8: A health certificate is not a requirement for travel to Kenya unless traveling from a Yellow Fever zone. It is highly recommended that travelers to Kenya take precautions against Malaria starting a few weeks before travel and continuing with your prophylaxis a few weeks after travel to be on the safe side ( please remember that prevention is better than cure ). Please consult your doctor prior to departure.

A9: East Africa is no different from any other place in the world. However the usual precaution should be observed. Avoid displaying expensive possessions; walking through unlit urban areas at night, and follow the guide's instructions in the bush. It is also recommended that you leave valuables and airline tickets in the hotel's safe.

A10: The official currency is the Kenya Shilling. Visitors to Kenya can exchange foreign currency at banks or authorized hotels and Foreign Exchange Bureaux. Most international currencies are easy to exchange in Kenya. Travelers cheques are widely accepted, and many hotels and restaurants accept credit cards. Most Banks in Kenya are equipped to advance cash on major international credit cards. There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought into Kenya. Anyone wishing to take more than Kenya Shillings 500,000 out of the country will require written authorization from the Central Bank.

Tanzania and Uganda also accept foreign currency and credit cards but to a lesser extent. Please convert most of your currency in the major urban areas into the local shillings (the exchange rates are better in the cities) as doing so in the rural areas offer veritable challenges and this might create hurdles for the traveler.

English is the “language of communication” in East Africa. It is widely spoken in hotels, restaurants and visitor establishments. Swahili is East Africa’s national language. A little Swahili goes a long way in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, especially in the rural areas. It is worth learning a little, and most locals are thrilled to hear visitors attempt to use any Swahili at all. For example, “Jambo” means hello and is often the first word learnt by visitors to Kenya.

Mount Kenya Climbing Facts

Service Summary
15 Days Kenya Birding Photographic Safari
Service Type
15 Days Kenya Birding Photographic Safari
Provider Name
Claudious Tours,
Nairobi,Kenya,Africa-00100,
Telephone No.+254714729600
Area
Samburu, Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru and the Maasai Mara
Description
15 Days Kenya Birding Photographic Safari tours was designed to offer you the best of bird watching in Kenya while ensuring you have a relaxing Kenya Bird watching safaris holiday.

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